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Hard Time (V.I. Warshawski Novels)by Sara Paretsky
Synopses & Reviews
Among the first, and perhaps the most compelling, female private investigators of contemporary fiction, Sara Paretsky's incomparable character V. I. Warshawski at last returns to the page in her first full-length appearance since 1994's Tunnel Vision. Hard Time is the work of a master — a riveting novel of suspense that is indisputably Paretsky's best V. I. Warshawski novel yet.
Multimedia conglomerate Global Entertainment has purchased the Chicago Herald-Star, forcing the paper's staff to scramble to stay employed. Reporter Murray Ryerson, V. I.'s longtime friend and sometime rival, manages to reinvent himself as the host of a television show on Global's network. On her way home from a party celebrating Murray's debut, V. I. almost runs over a woman lying in the street. Stopping to help, V. I. soon learns that her Good Samaritan act will drop her squarely in a boiling intrigue.
In a case that forces her to go head-to-head with one of the world's largest providers of private security and prison services, a case that exposes dark hidden truths behind the razzle-dazzle of the entertainment industry, V. I. will be ahead of the game if she gets out alive.
"Hard Time jumps quickly out of the blocks....Warshawski's street smarts have never been keener, her compassion for the down-trodden never more convincing, her day-to-day efforts just to get along never more compelling....When it comes to creating character, evoking place, writing crackling and convincing dialogue, and dealing with issues of substance within the crime genre, Sara Paretsky has no peer—and Hard Time proves it once again." Chicago Tribune
"[V. I.] returns in great form....Defiant, sardonic, ostentatious, she stirs every hornet's nest and breasts the murkiest currents to emerge vindicated and triumphant in the end." Los Angeles Times
In an instant, the lives of two women collided. One was behind the wheel of a Trans Am she liked to drive too fast. The other was lying in the road, dying an agonizing death. When Chicago private eye V.I. Warshawski got out of her car to look at the woman she almost hit, she began a long, harrowing descent into a world of shadowy secrets and tangled lives — and into the darkest heart of her city.<P>In her eagerly awaited new novel, which heralds the return of the much-loved heroine V.I. Warshawski, Sara Paretsky revisits the gritty urban landscape she illuminates with brilliant compassion and vivid color. For as V.I. unravels the mystery of a battered and discarded woman, she moves through circles of the rich and the troubled, into the bitter home of a powerful Chicago family, into the pampered world of a TV star, and behind the razor wire of a women's prison. What V.I. finds is a web of conspiracy — and explosive secrets hidden in the darkest places of all....
About the Author
Sara Paretsky is the author of ten other books, including the bestselling Tunnel Vision, Guardian Angel, and Burn Marks. She lives in Chicago with her husband.
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